It was the Williams of Felipe Massa who topped the time sheets today as the FW40 gets back on track.
The unretired Brazilian posted a 1:19.726, 2 hundredths off former team mate Bottas’ time of 1:19.705. This also gave Williams some valuable miles after new rookie Stroll’s multiple crashes last week left the team with with no running on day four.
Massa wasn’t the only one Hitting the 1:19’s Ricciardo manage his and Red Bull’s best time of the winter, two tenths off Massa.
As ever the were no such celebrations at Mclaren who have now fitted more engines allowed for the season in just 5 days, giving them yet more limited running.
Team boss Eric Boullier then came out to say that all tough not over the Mclaren-Honda relationship is wearing thin after three years together.
Vandoorne did however get some good laps in the end, 80 in total but with only the tenth fastest time.
It was another good day for the Scuderia with Vettel the only other driver to get below a 1:20 just six thousandths behind the Red Bull of Ricciardo.
The German also managed the most and same number of laps as Massa at 168.
Hamilton had a bit of a slower day with reported problem on the floor. Although he did beat team mate Bottas, seeming to spend most of the day with the press accompanied by English bulldog Rosco.
The Brit has also come out as saying that it is Ferrari not Mercedes currently favourite in 2017 (take this with a pinch of salt though).
A quiet day for Haas and Toro Rosso in eighth and ninth respectively with the Force India of Ocon achieving 142 laps with the sixth best time.
The Renault of Palmer had a sensor issue forcing an engine replacement after 15 laps, team mate Hulkenberg then took over in the afternoon completing 42 more laps before his engine stopped at the end of the day. They finished 13th and 7th respectively.
Finally Pascal Wehrlein got his first taste of the 2017 cars after missing out of last weeks running, when Antonio Giovinazzi stepped in for the injured German and putting in an impressive performance to boost.
He managed 11th 3 tenths in front of team mate Ericsson.
Final standings for test 2, day 1 are as follows